Belgium’s first black mayor appointed interim president of Brussels Parliament
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    Belgium’s first black mayor appointed interim president of Brussels Parliament

    Pierre Kompany (CDH) will be the temporary president of the Brussels Parliament. Credit: Belga

    Pierre Kompany (CDH), father of Belgian Red Devil’s team captain Vincent Kompany, will be the temporary president of the Brussels Parliament until the Region has formed a new Brussels government.

    In between governments, the tradition requires that the presidency of the Brussels Parliament will be given to the oldest elected representative, in this case, 71-year-old Pierre Kompany, mayor of Brussels’ municipality Ganshoren.

    “This is of great importance for taking the oaths and installing the elected in Parliament,” said spokesperson for the Brussels Parliament Stefaan Van Gijseghem to Bruzz.

    In the local and municipal elections of 2018, Kompany became the first ever black person who was elected mayor in Belgium.

    Starting from 11 June, his service as president will start. He will remain in office until a new majority within the Brussels Parliament is formed after the elections from 26 May.

    Kompany will be assisted by the two youngest elected representatives: Ariane De Lobkowicz-d’Ursel (Défi) on the French-speaking side and Juan Benjumea Moreno (Groen) on the Dutch-speaking side.

    Maïthé Chini
    The Brussels Times